Sacred Sites in Thailand

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Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

The "Temple of Dawn" is a Bangkok landmark. Dramatically jutting into the air from its location on the Thonburi banks of the Chao Phraya, the central Khmer-style prang has been elongated to give it an appearance that is unmistakably Thai. Four smaller prangs of similar design surround the main spire. All five of the spires have been covered with broken pieces of porcelain that were used as ballast by Chinese ships that formerly came to Thailand.

Steep steps lead halfway up one side of the main prang to a point where there are dramatic views of the river and surrounding areas, including Wat Pra Kaeo and The Grand Palace. The interior of the temple's bot is also worth exploring. The murals picturing Prince Siddharta encountering examples of birth, old age, sickness and death are particular impressive.

A rather quiet place it's great for a moment of rest and stillness.


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